The UTokyo-NTU Joint Conference 2015, the first major meeting co-organized by NTU and the University of Tokyo since the two institutions established a major strategic partnership, was held in Tokyo on December 9-10. Executive Vice President for Academics and Research Liang-Gee Chen headed the event’s NTU delegation,which included nearly 100 NTU administrative officials, faculty members, and students representing more than 30 research disciplines.
Among the high-level officials accompanying the delegation were Vice President for International Affairs Luisa Shu-Ying Chang, Deputy Vice President for International Affairs Bennett Fu, Dean of the College of Science Shiuh-Tzung Liu, Dean of the College of Engineering Jia-Yush Yen, Dean of the College of Bio-Resources and Agriculture Y.T. Shyu, and Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine Chin-Cheng Chou.
The opening ceremony commenced with UT’s Executive Vice President Ken Furuya and Veterinary Pathology Professor Hiroyuki Nakayama welcoming the NTU delegation to the UT campus for the two-day meeting. Deputy Director General ShigetoSonoda of the UT Division of International Affairs then discussed the major exchanges taking place between the two universities whilesharing his expectation that these exchanges would lead the two faculties to develop new ideas for cooperation in the future.
On behalf of NTU, Executive Vice President Chen added to Deputy Director General Sonoda’s presentation by reviewing the history of exchanges between NTU and UT. He then presented an overview of the six major areas of current cooperation between the two institutions and expressed his hope that the universities would build on the foundation laid during previous joint meetings across all fields to create new beginnings.
After dividing into groups focused on the conference’s six categories of agriculture, veterinary medicine, science, information science, engineering, and atmospheric and oceanic science, the attendees gave research presentations and presented their outlook for future cooperation. During the conference, the NTU College of Engineering and UT School of Engineering also signed a cooperation agreement that will expand theinternational cooperation and long-term research exchanges between the two schools.
NTU is currently making preparations to host the second UTokyo-NTU Joint Conference from late November to early December this year.